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From Our Provincial
Dear Friends, From our own beginnings as a “missionary province”— founded with just four Friars back in 1805—in the barely-settled wilds of Kentucky to minister to the needs of Catholic pioneers, to the foreign missions entrusted to the Province at various times: whether in China, Pakistan, and Peru in the past, or presently in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Sudan), the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph have preached the Gospel “to the ends of the earth” and have helped establish the Church and the Order among peoples hungry for the Word of God. That hunger for the Word of God is just as powerful today as when the Province first began missionary work, and our desire to preach the Gospel remains just as strong. You, our friends and benefactors, have made the missionary efforts of the Province of St. Joseph possible through your generosity and the support of your prayers. In these pages, you will see just how you have helped spread the Good News! Sincerely in Christ,
A Dominican Moment in Eastern Africa
Fr. Martin Martiny, O.P. (62) is Vicar Provincial of our Provincial Vicariate of Eastern Africa, the foreign mission territory administered by the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, serving Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Southern Sudan. He was ordained a priest as a Dominican Friar in 1998, at age 49, following a 20-year career in the US Navy, including 9 years at sea and a term as the Chief of Staff of the US Ambassador to the United Nations. Currently staffed by 14 Friars, the Vicariate, where Fr. Martiny has served since 2000, administers the parish of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Dominic’s House of Studies in Nairobi, as well as the St. Martin de Porres Priory, Postulancy and Novitiate in Kisumu, Kenya. There currently are 15 Student Brothers in formation and 4 Novices.
What are the biggest challenges and obstacles for the work of the Friars in Eastern Africa?
Just as in the US: preaching Christ to a people who worship creation (people and things) while losing sight of the Creator. I cannot think of a single problem that doesn’t relate to our turning towards the world and away from God. With the centrifugal forces of an excessive individualism, the family is crumbling in the developing world, as in the West. In Eastern Africa the Western evils of divorce, adultery, living together without bond or commitment, abandonment of wife/partner and child, and homosexual ‘marriage,’ join with polygamy, wife inheritance, and informal “marriages” to further undermine the very idea of fidelity and life-long commitment. Family, clan, and tribe all tremble in the face of these influences. Many who yearn to be loved all too often mistake sex for true, unselfish love. Abandoned women and their children—if they carry a child to term—can suffer loneliness, poverty, disease, and a myriad of insecurities. Those who abort often agonize in bitterness and guilt, convinced they have committed the unforgiveable sin. Dominicans preach God’s love, mercy, healing, and peace. This is a Dominican moment.
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Very Rev. Brian M. Mulcahy, O.P. Prior Provincial
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The Dominican Friars in collaboration with the laity established the first parish in honor of St. Catherine of Siena in the Archdiocese of Nairobi. Seeking to give itself to the New Evangelization, God has blessed the parish with growth and various apostolic outreach to youth, university students, families, and the poor in the area.
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‘Deeply rooted in Christ and His Word’
By Most Rev. Christopher Cardone, O.P.
In Spring 2011, Bishop Christopher Cardone, O.P. (53), a Friar of the Province of St. Joseph, celebrated his Silver Jubilee as a priest. In 1988, after a brief assignment at our parish of St. Gertrude in Cincinnati, then-Father Cardone went to serve a mission of the Australian Dominican Province in the Solomon Islands. Bishop Cardone is now the Ordinary of the Diocese of Auki, in the Solomon Islands, where he has spent the past 23 years.
From 1956 onward, the Friars have always aimed for a single objective: the evangelization of the people of the Solomon Islands. The primary task of the missionary venture of the Church is to preach the Gospel. We go about our work in every way possible. In the very beginning, this meant that Friars were paddled in small boats by catechists from island to island. The Friars would tell the Bible stories to people who, until 1920, were still headhunters and cannibals. Before they would celebrate Mass, the Friars would simply tell the story of Jesus. In the case of an individual who came from a pagan family, engaged in animal sacrifice, it would take up to three years of catechism before Baptism. Today it is a one-year catechumen program that culminates with the catechumens’ reception into the Church at Easter. But their journey still begins with the stories of Scripture. Announcing the Good News comes first. The Holy Father made this clear when, in an address to the Pontifical Missions Society General Assembly this spring, he said: “Only deeply rooted in Christ and His Word are we able to resist the temptation to reduce evangelization to a purely human or social project, hiding or silencing the transcendent dimension of salvation offered by God in Christ.” That is the heart of missionary work. Earlier this year, Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Church’s charitable arm, well captured the papal perspective in stressing that “The most urgent need of every woman and man today is not bread, nor medicine for healing, nor clothing—but God. Without God, man remains in darkness without any direction for life, without knowing where the Truth lies. For us, Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life!” However, missionaries also care for the physical and material well-being of the people. Early on, we established schools and clinics. In fact, the evangelization process worked through the schools. The Gospel was preached along with the works of charity, which are an important part of the mission. People were drawn to our work by both the spiritual and practical benefits. In the Solomon Islands, we were also able to build on the good that we found here—the strong community life, for example. We added the Christian dimension. The message of the Gospel brought peace and reconciliation, which was a new concept. Forgiveness was simply not part of the native culture. The Order’s charism of preaching is a perfect fit for this missionary environment. This is an oral culture that relies but little on reading and writing. We teach through preaching and the people are grateful for our gift. The Friars preach in 7 tribal languages—there are as many as 70—but the common language is Pidgin English, which is a simplified form of English that, for one thing, is all in present tense. It is used in the lectionary as well as in the Bible translation. The object of missionary work is to put ourselves out of a job by building up the local Church. It is my hope to hand over my position to a native bishop, well before my retirement. Consider this: in 1988, when I arrived here, there were 6 native Friars—today, there are 47!
Now, the parishioners are working together to raise funds to build a Church that will be a home for their worship and service to neighbor. The small thatched-roof structure is no longer sufficient. The parishioners come early each Sunday to move the altar, ambo, chairs, musical instruments, and all that is needed for Mass from a nearby container. They need a secure Church building for regular adoration, Mass, with the basics that we take for granted such as electricity, microphones, seating, and inspirational Christian art. In an economy that is far worse than ours, the parishioners press on, trusting in Divine Providence and the intercession of St. Catherine of Siena, confident that the new church will become a reality. Why is this so important? The parish is the center of the Christian life. It is not a building but a community growing in faith. The Catechism reminds us, “Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith... The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents” (CCC 2226). Let us support and encourage our brothers and sisters who are building more than a church. Together, with God’s abundant grace, we are building the Kingdom of God. If you would like to support the building of our Church of St. Catherine of Siena in Nairobi, Kenya, contact us at email@example.com or 212-535-3664.
News & Posts
Our Lord has blessed the Province of St. Joseph with 13 new Novices in the U.S. and 4 in our Eastern African Vicariate. We give thanks and rejoice. Also cause for gratitude and celebration are the professions of many of our brethren. These are profound milestones that mark the journey of their religious vocation as Dominican Friars. Please keep these 48 Friars in your prayers, that the Lord may prosper them in their religious life.
Novices - On August 8th, 2011, the Feast of St. Dominic, 13 young men were received into our Novitiate at St. Gertrude in Cincinnati, OH. During the liturgy in the Priory Chapel, in what is known as the “Rite of Vestition,” they received the Dominican habit and began their year as Dominican Novices. To read their vocation stories, visit our website: www.DominicanFriars.org. Men considering a vocation to the Dominican Province of St. Joseph should contact the Vocation Director, Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Likewise, on August 7th, 2011, at Evening Prayer for the Feast of St. Dominic, 4 young men were received as Novices for our Eastern African Vicariate during a liturgy at our parish of St. Dominic in Nairobi, Kenya. During the Vestition Ceremony, the Novices received the Dominican habit from the Very Rev. Martin Martiny, O.P., Vicar Provincial of the Vicariate, and began their Novice year. The Novitiate is located at our St. Martin de Porres Priory in Kisumu, Kenya.
Simple Professions - On August 15th, 2011, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, Fr. John Albert Langlois, O.P., Socius and Vicar Provincial, received the Simple Profession of 16 Friars to the Order of Preachers, having completed their Novice year. The liturgy was held at our Church of St. Gertrude in Cincinnati. They are:
Br. Adam Bonaventure Chapman, O.P. n Br. Philip Humbert Kilanowski, O.P. n Br. Michael Thomas Davenport, O.P. n Br. Frank-Paul Peter Benedict Sampino, O.P. n Br. Curtis Dominic Mary Verner, O.P. n Br. Jesse Joachim Kenney, O.P. n Br. Britton Raymund Snyder, O.P. n Br. Matthew Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P.
Br. Ryan Joseph-Anthony Kress, O.P. Br. Michael Mary Weibley, O.P. n Br. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P. n Br. Adam Louis Bertrand Mary Lemoine, O.P. n Br. Robert John Sica, O.P. n Br. Gregory Maria Pine, O.P. n Br. Robert Athanasius Murphy, O.P. n Br. Santiago Tomás Martín Rosado, O.P.
Solemn Professions - On August 13th, 2011 at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., Fr. John Albert Langlois, O.P., Socius and Vicar Provincial, received the Solemn Profession to the Order of Preachers of 9 Student Brothers. These Friars have now professed their vows of obedience usque ad mortem—obedience until death—in the Dominican tradition. They are:
Br. Peter Totleben, O.P. n Br. Paul Martin Kennedy, O.P. n Br. Joseph-Mary Hertzog, O.P. n Br. Mario Aquinas Calabrese, O.P. n Br. Albert Duggan, O.P.
Br. Reginald Mary Lynch, O.P. Br. Leo Checkai, O.P. n Br. Peter Martyr Joseph Yungwirth, O.P. n Br. Ambrose Mary Little, O.P.
On August 8th, 2011 at the Church of St. Dominic in Nairobi, Kenya, a liturgy was celebrated which included, for 6 of our Friars making vows, both the Rite of Simple Profession and the Rite of Solemn Profession. Very Rev. Martin Martiny, O.P., Vicar Provincial of our Eastern African Vicariate, was the main celebrant of the Mass who received the vows of our Friars. Those who made Solemn Profession are: Br. Marc Anthony Agenga, O.P., Br. Leo Mwenda, O.P., Br. John Baptist Ssemugabi, O.P., and Br. Thomas Odhiambo, O.P. Those Friars who made Simple Professions are: Br. Francis Muongi Ngugi, O.P. and Br. Gilbert Andama, O.P.
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wives, or even the husbands; but to bring Christ to all persons involved, to teach them how to love with purity of heart. This is not an easy task.
You also care for orphans and the poor overall – but how is your work distinct from that of the humanitarian agencies that are so plentiful in the developing world?
We are called to be preachers of Christ; not developers of programs. God’s will is our grand design. We are not against plans or programs; but we begin with Christ. We go to one and all, rich and poor, sick and healthy, believers and non-believers, the elderly, those in prison. Those who work in “development” do good and important work. They have tangible measurements of effectiveness and accomplishment. They bring running water, electricity, roads, sanitation, medical facilities, and so on to rural areas where there is great need. But they can also bring abortion, contraception, sterilization, euthanasia—all in the name of development and progress.
How does the faith contribute to the improvement of the status of women?
Faith in Christ does not necessarily improve the status of anyone in society. Becoming a Christian in some families can actually result in persecution and public humiliation. In a fundamentalist Muslim village, it can mean death. But it is faith that enables the woman to be in union with Christ, and to know she is loved. Thus she can be confident in her dignity and bear the crosses of the day with joy while keeping an eye on the eternal. I have met many women living in polygamous relationships. None ever criticizes the arrangement in front of her husband. But if she trusts you, she’ll tell you quietly that it is hell on earth. No human being wants to be one of a pride of female lions supporting one lion king. Men and women are made to give of themselves completely and exclusively in a lifelong loving relationship of selfless generosity through self-donation. That is simply impossible in polygamy and polyandry. It can be worse for the children. If a child of wife # 1 says something about his mother to the child of wife # 2 and the second child repeats it to his mother, wife # 2 can use it against wife # 1 with the husband. The child of wife # 1 has thus betrayed his own mother. Consequently, children learn to be silent and to trust no one, even, or especially, in their own family compound. The role of the Dominican Friar in this environment is not to condemn the
Our measurement of success must always begin with Christ, not cement, stones, wood, and glass. The Friars stress virtue, good moral habits, as the gateway to morality and morality as the pathway to daily holiness. “Sow a Character, Reap a Destiny” is Our Lady of Grace School’s motto. It expresses the Dominican approach to making good choices in a world filled with temptation. Temptation is as much an opportunity to choose the good as it is to choose evil.
What are your most pressing needs?
First and foremost, we need prayers. Without prayer, we cannot expect to follow Christ and lead others to Him. We do, nonetheless, need material support: to educate our Student Brothers, to form our newest Dominicans and Novitiate in Postulancy, to build a permanent church at St. Catherine’s and a Priory (residence) for our community in Kisumu. We need to build a boys’ dormitory and a permanent primary school. We need childrens’ sponsors and spiritual and material help to assist others to know the love and loyalty of Christ Jesus.
A Father Figure Sharing the Greatest Truth
By Fr. Stephen Lumala, O.P.
Fr. Stephen Lumala, O.P. (50) is the first Prior of St. Martin de Porres Priory in Kisumu, Kenya’s third-largest city, which sits on the shore of Lake Victoria in the west of the country. He was ordained in 2001. A big part of my apostolic responsibilities involves campus ministry at Maseno University in Kisumu, where I also teach courses in the Department of Religion, Philosophy and Theology. There are some 6,000 students at this state-run school, and up to two-thirds of them are Catholic, at least nominally. Judging by Sunday Mass attendance, there are 1,000 practicing Catholics among them. Meetings with the students are fruitful opportunities for ministry. The students come to us with all kinds of issues. They have questions about relationships, friendship and romantic connections, growing up and discovering themselves as young adults. Many come from very broken backgrounds. Some of them have never had a father in their lives. They are looking for a father figure. Many students have experienced a polygamous environment in which they, their siblings and their mothers have grown up with grave neglect in extremely tough circumstances. The Church has much work to do in this regard to help people appreciate regular family life. As a chaplain, I am in a position to give them guidance through both spiritual and practical counseling. I urge them to seek God’s help and to learn to rely and call upon the Catholic community at school and at large, as well. Many students struggle with a lack of money and educational resources. We cannot always help in a concrete, monetary sense, but it is crucial that they come and tell me of their concern. I try to focus on something that comes up during the discussion and try to shed some light on a particular issue. It is very gratifying to discover that the very fact that someone is listening to them, that somebody cares, can make a big difference. The students find life in these encounters. We also help them embrace the joys of friendships with other students. And they discover that they have talents and particular intellectual gifts. They are learning ways to take advantage of their education. I have seen students who were very crushed and burdened
A Day in the Life
by life. In subsequent years I have then seen them blossom as they learn to live with dignity, even if they are poor. Like all of society, the students pose a pastoral challenge as they are so eager to become modern—that is, better off, and living lives enhanced by technology and all the trappings of Western-style lives broadcast incessantly by the media, on talk shows, on game shows, and the radio. Of course, it is good to overcome poverty. But there are still higher goals. The Order has something absolutely beautiful to offer people: the saving Gospel, the Good News that Christ has saved them. The Gospel has a richness and sheen that outshine all the gifts of modern life. The Order’s preaching charism is an enormous and vital gift to all people. There are so many ‘truths,’ if you will, in life, but there is no greater Truth than the one preached by St. Dominic! The Priory is a house of formation. We welcome those who are considering a call, and give them an opportunity to discover the Friars’ way of life and to engage in a process of discernment. They must be sure about their deepest motivation and find certainty that they are choosing the Order for the right reasons. We accompany them on this path of discovery. The Friars also regularly offer retreats and days of recollection in the area, often inviting guests of other religious communities. We work with youth and minister to the sick. The Friars must be deeply contemplative and share with others the fruit of our contemplation and study, as our Constitution spells out. Only this way can we give students, or others we encounter, something truly real and valuable. None of this would be possible without the Province of St. Joseph and its donors. American Catholics have had our interests at heart for a long time. Many good men came here to preach and sometimes stayed to the very end of their lives. The African people are deeply grateful for their sacrifices.
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Catholic faith. I’m very grateful that I discovered the Dominicans.
What does it mean to be a Catholic Christian in Kenya? Does being a Catholic set you apart?
we can rely on Him when human solutions seem out of reach. Our faith gives us hope.
What are your hopes for the future, what profession are you pursuing in your studies?
Maureen Brenda Atieno is a fourthyear law student in Nairobi, Kenya. An orphan, she has been supported by the Friars since she was 12.
What impact has your relationship with the Dominican Friars had on your life?
Being a Catholic is a challenge in the face of all kinds of problems besetting Kenya—abortion, divorce, all manner of scandals. Many of those around me are Protestants and it is not always easy to explain the Catholic position on key issues, which includes Confession. I am very proud, however, that there are no constant criticisms of Protestantism during our homilies—which is not always the case the other way around.
I’m studying law right now, and I would love to do a Masters. My initial thought was to enter a legal practice right away, but then I realized that such a job has huge demands and makes it hard on family life. Eventually, I would like to teach law as a way of contributing to society and to have a work schedule that would not interfere with having a family. I’m studying criminal law, but sometimes that can lead a lawyer into choices that go against one’s integrity, such as representing your client to the point of withholding information that might serve the cause of justice, and that can lead to corruption.
What do you love most about the Church, and the Dominican Friars?
I’ve grown spiritually, and have come to understand things that initially I didn’t understand, such as the Rosary. When I was growing up I was told that ‘worship’ of Mary was idolatry. But thanks to the explanations of the Friars, I gradually came to understand. My connection with the Dominican Friars is a really big factor in my life: it gave me the opportunity to get an education—spurred on by the Friars’ insistence on the importance of study—and to embrace the
Students from the University of Nairobi gathered for a student-led post-communion reflection at the temporary Church of St. Catherine of Siena
Do Christians have a particular contribution to make to Kenyan society?
Their faith allows Kenyan Christians to get through the many difficulties they face without despairing or giving up hope. Our trust in God is a blessing—
I like their way of life. More so than is the case in other religious communities, they have a degree of freedom, and a maturity that is very attractive. They live the way they live out of conviction, which is very clear, not out of some sense that someone is watching and that they feel obligated. Another thing that has really impressed me is the education and the love of study that I see in the Friars. That is an example and incentive for me as I pursue my own studies and professional formation.
Thank you!... (in Swahili)
…from the Dominican Friars, on behalf of the children and families we serve. We are grateful to our generous friends and supporters in America, for your many prayers and financial assistance. With God’s grace, we have been able to do great things for and with the good people of Eastern Africa. Your continuous prayers are greatly appreciated. We pray for you all daily at Mass.
-Fr. Dominic Izzo, O.P.
“My family and I really get the blessings out of this.”
Gifts of Stock
There are many ways to support the work of the Dominican Friars, Province of St. Joseph, which includes the missionary work of our Friars abroad. Gifts of cash are perhaps the most common and simplest way to give, but many donors contribute financially in other ways that create additional benefits for both them and the Dominican Friars. Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Dorothy Patton, for example, support our Vicariate of Eastern Africa and our mission work in Kisumu, Kenya, through gifts of marketable securities – specifically, they donate stock. “Dorothy and I have always done what we could over the years, and feel it’s important to share our good fortune,” Mr. Patton told us at the Dominican Foundation. “We choose to give stock because of the available tax benefit. If we buy the stock for one dollar per share, and donate it when it’s worth two dollars per share, we can write off the donation in the amount of two dollars per share, even though it only cost us one dollar. We get to write off twice as much as if we had just donated the cash.” Gifts of stock also offer benefits to the Dominican Friars, in that the stocks have the potential to grow even larger after the asset is transferred. We encourage you to reach out to our office at (212) 535-3664 or email us at email@example.com to learn more. Thank you for your ongoing support, and may God Bless you for your generosity!
Based in the Denver area, Richard Kraus—whose company develops commercial real estate projects—and his wife Shelli have two children, Clay (22) and Olivia (19). Last Christmas, they welcomed a unique visitor to their home: Maureen Brenda Atieno, a young law student in Nairobi, Kenya, to whose well-being the family has been contributing with a quarterly stipend through a program called “Fr. Tom’s Kids.” The initiative, which pairs sponsors in the US with orphans and needy students, is named after Fr. Thomas Richard Health, O.P., the first Vicar Provincial of the Vicariate of Eastern Africa who was killed in a violent robbery in 2005. We learned about the program when Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P. [then based in Kenya and currently the Province’s Director of Vocations] spoke at our parish about the Friars’ work in Africa, and the needs of the very poorest children there. We had begun sponsoring a couple of girls when we learned about an opportunity to connect with a student for whom Fr. Martin Martiny, O.P. was seeking a special connection in the US. That’s how we first got in touch with Maureen, who came highly recommended by the Friar as a hard-working, big-hearted, confident and faith-filled young woman. Maureen is all that and more. We discovered this last Christmas when she joined our family and met many of our friends. She enjoyed very much our mountains, which she saw for the first time. Maaureen fit right in. Given the suffering she experienced in a very harsh childhood—she lost her parents early—the whole family was touched by Maureen’s remarkable resilience and bright outlook on life. Fr. Martiny has worked with Maureen since her preteen adjustments and continues to play the paramount role as mentor and spiritual coach in her life. He came into her life at a very critical time—when she was just 12 or so. This graced meeting gave her the strength to choose a better life. She came to understand what good men are like, thanks to Fr. Martiny and his demonstration of fatherly love. He is her primary connection to Christ for Whom he truly acts as a vicar. Surely, if it had not been for the Friars in Kenya, she would have remained in despair, feeling worthless and lacking a sense of dignity. Thanks to them, Maureen has a real sense of purpose. She is very confident and committed to her faith, her law studies, and her loved ones. We cannot spend as much time as we would like to with Maureen, but I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in what Fr. Martiny is doing in her life. And I must stress this point—my family and I really get the blessings out of this. It is a very rich and rewarding experience for us.
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From Our Director
Dear Friends, God’s blessings and peace be with you. I hope you have enjoyed this issue of the Trumpet. Its focus on the joy of spreading the Truth of Jesus Christ through encounter and service is indeed inspiring. In a dramatic way, I hope you were able to see the powerful way our collaboration intersects at moments of grace according to God’s plan for us. These moments of intersection are not only crosses that we have to share as we “carry one another’s burdens.” They are also moments where we glimpse resurrection and witness the transfiguration of minds, hearts, and lives that will never be the same because someone has brought Christ to them. The sacrificial financial support and generous service brought alive in this newsletter only touches the surface of the many people who have made it possible for us to be true to our heritage as a missionary province. We have not forgotten all the blessings we receive as Dominican Friars: God’s grace given through our charism and your friendship. Therefore, we share these great gifts with others who are much less fortunate than us. We preach the abundant life and peace found only in Christ. We remind them that you care for them and are concerned for their well-being. Indeed, together we are blessed to be instruments of God’s Providence and His love for all peoples. Once again, thank you for supporting our Dominican life and all our apostolic endeavors for the sake of Jesus Christ. You are in our daily prayers. Sincerely in Christ,
Dominicans Yesterday and Today: Mission in China
By Fr. John Vidmar, O.P.
Shortly after World War I, the Province of St. Joseph embarked on its first foreign mission. In 1923, Fr. Paul Curran, O.P. and Bro. James Murphy, O.P. were sent to southeastern China, an area originally evangelized by Philippine Dominicans. Six more Friars joined them the following year. Despite the obstacles of language and travel, the mission was a great success. Records indicate a steady increase in the number of mission stations and conversions, as well as a steady rise in school enrollment. In time, both male and female native vocations were fostered. Fr. Dominic Chang, O.P. was the first native-born Chinese to be ordained by the Dominican Province of St. Joseph and his life was one of heroism. Working in China was not the safest of assignments. Two sisters died of illness, and not everyone was up to the rigors of life abroad. The missionaries had to cope with the upheaval and violence of the Nationalist Revolution in 1926 and the invasion of the Japanese in 1937. The Communist take-over after World War II essentially brought missionary work to a halt. Communist authorities executed Fr. Luke Devine, O.P. in 1947 and imprisoned three other Friars for two years in extremely harsh circumstances. Fr. Chang continued ministering to Catholics in secret until his arrest in 1962. He died in prison in 1967, a martyr to the faith.
Fr. John Vidmar, O.P. is an Associate Professor of Theology at Providence College and the Archivist for the Province of St. Joseph.
Dear Friends, From the very beginning of the Order of Preachers there has been a “creative tension” between “maintenance” and “mission.” The former emphasizes the Mission School in Fukien, China with Fr. Ferrer Cassidy, O.P. goal of strengthening what exists; the latter establishes something new. Both “maintenance” and “mission” serve the Church. Both require sacrifice. Both require the personnel and financial resources to be successful. Dominicans flourish when we answer the “call” of the Church first and foremost, while also meeting the legitimate needs of the Order, whether international or domestic: This “creative tension” will always be with us. We must form the “rising generation” in a tradition which recognizes the priority of the Church’s demands upon us; this ecclesial perspective lifts us above the horizon of the Province of Saint Joseph to recognize that there are places where the Gospel still needs to be preached. I have had the benefit of living with Friars of our Province who were missionaries in China, Lebanon, Lithuania, Pakistan, Peru, Russia and Kenya. The mission transformed them and us; their witness keeps us from being complacent. For these reasons, the PFIC has sent Friars in initial formation to Peru, Mexico and Kenya. Otherwise, “how can they preach unless they are sent?” (Rom 10:15) Sincerely yours in Saint Dominic,
Fr. Dominic Izzo, O.P., Director Dominican Foundation
Very Rev. Steven C. Boguslawski, O.P. President, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
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